Tag Archives: Euro

Congratulations to Enda Kenny

Whilst I have followed the Irish General Election in detail, I have thus far avoided commenting upon it.  The result was never in doubt.  Only the exact distribution of seats.   With the Election now over, it is time to congratulate … Continue reading

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Why regional identity is a much bigger problem for the Conservatives than Labour

We tend to think that within the UK, it is only Northern Ireland which has identity politics. Putting that conventional thought another way, Northern Ireland’s politics would be identity politics along a Unionist / Nationalist axis, whilst the rest of … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland can save Companies from leaving the UK with low Corporation Tax

All over Britain, there are stories of Companies becoming impatient with the UK tax regime and looking to relocate elsewhere. The Treasury is well aware of this and overtures of better times ahead have been made to the business community. … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative Party, Corporation tax, Economy, Euro, George Osborne, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland economy, Northern Ireland politics, Owen Paterson, Republic of Ireland, Stormont, UK Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government likely to face very difficult dilemmas over Europe very soon

Last Sunday, European finance ministers met.  In reporting that meeting, the UK and Irish media focused on the terms of Ireland’s bailout. However, something far more important and fundamental to the future of Europe was also discussed at that meeting. … Continue reading

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Iberian debt crisis early next year likely to herald the collapse of the Euro

As the dust settles on the terms set out for Ireland’s bailout agreement, the public continue to balk and gasp at the sheer size and scale of Ireland’s indebtedness. Doubts about its ability to carry burden of it remain high. … Continue reading

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No satisfactory rationale emerges from the Government on £7 billion loan to Ireland

So Britain is making a loan to Ireland of €7 billion, just like that. We are told that it is in the National interest for Britain to do this. George Osborne has said that Ireland is a “friend in need.” … Continue reading

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Ireland “A society that disappeared up its own backside”

Whilst we witness the awful events unfold relating to Ireland’s economic difficulties, it is vitally important, for democracy in the future, that the mass of the voting population acquires a basic understanding of the mechanics of this disaster. Following on … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher was absolutely right

 It is 20 years since Margaret Thatcher was removed from power in a leadership challenge instigated by Michael Heseltine and others.  It was a time when the Conservatives lost their nerve, having seen opinion poll ratings fall.  The issue … Continue reading

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Could Irish Euro notes be discriminated against?

Who ever thought that Euro notes issued from different EU member states would be treated differently?  Apparently, it is already happening in Germany.  Ian Cowie of the Daily Telegraph reports: “Now rising fears about southern European countries’ financial stability mean … Continue reading

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